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Visit Lily Dale Spiritualist Community

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Town full of spiritualists,some of whom are mediums, is still in full swing after 130 years.

Today, Lily Dale is still going strong, and one must pass a stringent test to work there as a registered medium. Those who want to practice their craft must pass three 30-minute test readings evaluated by officials of the Lily Dale Assembly. “Message services” are still popular at the inspiration stump, though the actual stump has long been replaced by a concrete replica. Most people come for the mediums who, for between 35 and 75 bucks an hour, bring in long dead relatives, with questions like “I have a Steve here, coming from the father’s side. Can you place him?”

The town doesn’t take itself too seriously, however, and signs abound with such slogans as “I can read your mind and you should be ashamed of yourself.” Lily Dale also has a small museum dedicated to the town’s history of spiritualism, and even has a grammatically questionable spirit-communique from Abe Lincoln.